United States Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal (reverse)

  • Paul Manship, United States Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal (reverse), 1942, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.140

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The Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal has been awarded since 1939 to seamen who have distinguished themselves through outstanding conduct or service in the line of duty. Paul Manship’s artist’s strike, or sample, shows a preliminary design for the reverse. The eight spokes of the ship’s wheel repeat the eight points of the stylized compass on the obverse.

Title
United States Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal (reverse)
Artists
Date
1942
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
overall: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) diam.
1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm) diam. of medal
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – civic – military
  • Emblem – military insignia
  • Emblem – seal
Object Number
1966.47.140
Palette
URL
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